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Kuala Lumpur Famous Landmarks

What to See in Kuala Lumpur

A rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia, famous landmarks in Kuala Lumpur consist of urban high-rises with cutting edge, futuristic designs, rubbing shoulders with picturesque fairytale-like structures that have stood the test of time. Featuring Moorish, Malay and Victorian-style edifices, popular landmarks such as The Sultan Abdul Samad Building at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, and Merdeka Square are well-patronised by international travellers and photography enthusiasts due to their intricate style and architecture.

Kuala Lumpur’s famous landmarks also consist of world famous, glamour projects – from the tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers, to the second-tallest freestanding tower in the world, the Menara KL Tower. Meanwhile, other tourist destinations with striking designs in Kuala Lumpur, such as the National Museum, the Istana Negara, National Visual Arts Gallery, the National Monument, and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery are also well-worth a visit, and most are easily accessible via taxi.

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Most Famous Architectural Landmarks

  • Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC)

    Petronas Twin Towers

    Built in 1998 and standing at 452 meters-high. The towers' design and architecture are inspired by Islamic art with a Read More»

  • Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

    KL Railway Station

    Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is an almost fairytale Moorish-style building. It used to be KL’s main railway hub until Read More»

  • Menara KL Tower

    Menara KL Tower

    Menara Kuala Lumpur is easily Malaysia’s most recognizable and popular landmark. Constructed in 1994, this gleaming Read More»

  • Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    Sultan Abdul Samad Bld

    A historically-significant building, it was used to house the Federal Court before they moved to Putrajaya. The Read More»

  • Putra Mosque

    Putra Mosque

    The Putra Mosque is a beautiful structure depicting the evolution of Muslim mosque architecture. Modelled with Persian Read More»

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More Architectural Landmarks in Kuala Lumpur

Dayabumi Complex Kuala Lumpur

Dayabumi Complex is a 35-storey building set along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, south of Merdeka Square. Built in the 1970s, it was the first modern building in KL to incorporate principles of Islamic design into its architecture. A major landmark in KL it was one of the city’s earliest skyscrapers. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
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Istana Negara

Istana Negara is Malaysia’s National Palace. Built in 1928, it is located along Jalan Istana and the 13-acre castle used to be the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia. In June 2011, it was replaced by a new, extravagant RM800 million palace near Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur. The old Istana Negara is Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Istana, Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is an interesting tourist information centre with a collection of paintings and photos of KL’s history, plus miniature mock ups of famous city landmarks. Set in a 114-year old, colonial-style building just beside Dataran Merdeka, this free museum is great if you want to find out a little bit more about Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
  • Address: 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 2698 3333
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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is an almost fairytale Moorish-style building to the southeast of the National Mosque. Located along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin (previously known as Victory Avenue), it used to be KL’s main railway hub until 2001 when Kuala Lumpur Sentral took over much of its role. Adopting a mixture of Eastern and Western styles, it Read More...

  • Address: Bangunan Stesen Keretapi, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
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Menara KL Tower

Along with the Petronas Twin Towers, Menara KL Tower is easily Malaysia’s most recognizable and popular landmark. Constructed in 1994, the tower stands at 421 metres and effortlessly trumps the Petronas Twin Towers with the highest and most spectacular view of the city. This gleaming tower’s spindle-like apex is visible from almost anywhere in Kuala Lumpur. Read More...

  • Opening Hours:
    09:00 – 22:00 weekday;
    09:30 – 22:00 weekend & public holidays
  • Address: Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P. Ramlee
  • Tel: + 603 208 5448
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Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square is undoubtedly KL’s best known landmark. Also called Dataran Merdeka, it is set in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building (the former State Secretariat). Directly in front is the Royal Selangor Club and to the north is St. Mary’s Church, one of Malaysia’s oldest Anglican churches. Within the colonial core of Kuala Lumpur, Read More...

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National Monument Kuala Lumpur

The National Monument is located 50m along Jalan Tamingsabi, at the northern end of the Lake Gardens on Jalan Parlimen. The 15m-high bronze statue is dedicated to the 11,000 people who died during the First World War, the struggle against the Japanese and the Malayan Emergency. Providing excellent views of Parliament House, it was built in Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Jalan Tamingsabi
  • Address: Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur 50480 Malaysia
  • Tel: +603-2615-8188
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National Science Centre

The National Science Centre is a crowd puller with its vivacious, educational and just-plain-fun, hands on science and technology exhibits. Shaped like a futuristic, green mosque topped off with a large dome, it is divided into several sections, with exhibits covering the gamut of scientific knowledge. Also known as the Pusat Sains Negara, Malaysia's first overhead Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (closed on Friday)
  • Location: Pesiaran Bukit Kiara, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 2089 3400
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National Visual Arts Gallery

National Visual Arts Gallery is flanked by the National Theatre and the National Library. A tranquil complex also known as the Balai Seni Visual Negara, it showcases a permanent collection of over 2,500 local and foreign works of art (including photography) by celebrated contemporary artists. Locals refer to it simply as the National Art Gallery. The Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Address: 2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Tel: +603 4025 4990
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Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur

The Malaysian Houses of Parliament is a modern complex on the west fringe of the Lake Gardens right beside the National Monument. Commonly known as Parliament House and House of Representatives, the complex is comprised of two parts: a three-storey main building and a 17-storey Toblerone-shaped tower. Built in 1959, the main whitewashed building, with a Read More...

  • Location: Head of Administration, Parliament Malaysia, Jalan Parlimen
  • Tel: +603-2072 1955
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PETRONAS Twin Towers

PETRONAS Twin Towers were once the tallest buildings in the world. Now the world’s tallest twin structures, the 88-storey buildings were designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates with both towers joined at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) by a 58 metre-long, double-decker Sky Bridge. Standing 452 metres tall, the PETRONAS Twin Towers Read More...

  • How to get there: You can take the LRT and stop at the KLCC station.
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Sultan Abdul Samad Building

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is among Kuala Lumpur’s earliest Moorish-style buildings. It is set to the east of Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) and the Royal Selangor Club, across from Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. It was built in 1897 and was named after the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time. The distinguished landmark originally served as Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Tun Perak (across from Dataran Merdeka on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin)
  • How to get there: Take the LRT and alight at Masjid Jamek station. This building is 10 minutes walk from the station. You will not miss it because there are many good signages to guide you to this place.
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The Skybridge of PETRONAS Twin Towers

Open to public visits since May 2000. Admission is free, although visitors have to queue up for tickets.

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 09:00 – 19:00, Except Monday
  • Location: Concourse Level (Lower Ground Floor), PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
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